U.S. Surgeon General calls gun violence “an urgent public health crisis in America”

For the first time the U.S. Surgeon General of the United States has issued an urgent warning about gun violence in America, calling it a public health crisis.

Dr. Vivek Murthy says that in 2020, firearm‑related injuries became the leading cause of death for children and adolescents in the U.S., surpassing motor vehicle crashes, cancer, and drug overdose and poisoning.  He further says that almost 6 in 10 U.S. adults say that they worry “sometimes,” “almost every day,” or “every day,” about a loved one being a victim of firearm violence, and that such high levels of exposure to firearm violence for both children and adults in the U.S. “give rise to a cycle of trauma and fear within our communities, contributing to the nation’s mental health crisis.”

The Mesa County Public Health Department says “is it worth noting that Mesa County has one of the highest rates of gun deaths in Colorado and, per capita, even the United States.” There were 95 recorded deaths by firearms in Mesa County from 2020 to 2022.

People are living in fear in the U.S.

Nationwide, sales of bullet proof backpacks for children soar at the beginning of the school year. In 2019, the American Psychological Association reported that one third of U.S. adults say fear of mass shootings is keeping them from going to certain places and events, and it’s clear that the increase in public gun massacres is taking a toll on our collective mental health in America and affecting the way many people are living their daily lives. To understand why people fear the now massive prevalence of guns in the U.S., you need only look at this groundbreaking November, 2023 report by Washington Post on the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas in 2022.

Elected officials who feel the weight of this moral crisis of inaction on the issue of firearm violence in the U.S. and want to know what policies actually work to reduce firearm injuries and deaths, and which don’t, can access this report by the Rand Corporation, updated in 2023, that analyzes the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of a wide range of gun policies, and makes recommendations for the most effective policies to implement.

If you know of someone who possesses firearms and is posing a risk to themselves or others, you can access instructions on how to access Colorado’s Red Flag law in Mesa County here.

  7 comments for “U.S. Surgeon General calls gun violence “an urgent public health crisis in America”

  1. “Nearly three-quarters of firearm-related deaths in Colorado are suicides.”
    The Colorado Sun…April 6, 2023.

    The surgeon General states that “gun deaths” are a moral crisis. We’ve been hearing about this for years and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men haven’t figured out how to make a difference.

    Guns are not going away. Maybe we need to look closer at the young men who do these heinous acts.

    One question I’d ask is: Were these kids put on psychotropic drugs at an early age?

    Of course there would be no answer because, despite all the studies and papers, there is never a definitive answer.

    • You cherry-picked a single fact and then went through a laughable amount specious reasoning to ultimate reach a moronic, meaningless conclusion. Bravo on the mental gymnastics so dizzying, I can suggest you sit down and shut up instead of rather than claiming no answers to your own stupid questions

      • Where are you going with this? You offer no solutions nor even recognize the collective conclusions. People like yourself seem to be blind! , can’t solve problems any other way except threatening with a gun. If you can see the crisis and the families going through the issue, you wouldn’t appear so unproductive with ‘nothing’ to offer. Too much of anything runs much smoother with governing, which means rules regulations and inspections to carry through. Consider that the population of our world doubled since 1970.. When that second amendment was written men were stuffing their MUSKETS with gun powder, for example. If you are a poor marksman, that is no other problem except your own. Weak men need more guns! Live in fear and show your power tool.

        • Criminals and Gov’ts dictators prefer unarmed victims. Anyone who thinks the 2nd Amendment only protects muskets is either intellectually dishonest or not very bright. The 2nd Amendment doesn’t say ‘muskets’, nor does it say ‘guns’, or ‘firearms’, or ‘rifles’, or any other specific category of weapons. It says ‘Arms’, meaning whatever ‘arms’ necessary to ensure the security of a free state. Key word there is ‘security’, not ‘safety’. Big difference. It was written that way on purpose so that the citizens could keep pace with the Gov’t to keep them in check and protect security of the Republic from all enemies both foreign and domestic (Not the safety of the individual citizens). Just like the 1st amendment doesn’t stop at printing presses, or soapboxes, or only religions that were around at the time it was written. Only complete morons would try and make that argument. It protects the broad spectrum of speech, religion, and the right to disagree with the Gov’t. The entire Bill of Rights is meant to be a limit on what the Gov’t can do to, or impose on, it’s citizens. Not just the 2nd Amendment, but all 10 of them. Just because some simple-minded person made an illogical leap a said something stupid, doesn’t mean you have to repeat it.

          • The entire Second Amendment is as follows:
            “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That’s it.

            The Militia Act of 1792 determined what the militia was; now, it exists in the form of our National Guard and Reserve forces; they train just as active duty members do, and maintain well-stocked armories. Along with our standing military, these are the people who take the oaths to defend “against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.

            The Supreme Court held that private ownership of many weapons is protected under the 2A, with some limitations. I fully support that.

            Own as many weapons as you need to, in order to feel safe. But don’t pretend you’re doing it for anything other than your own purposes. Other people have that job. And, if you’re thinking you’re going to take them on, as part of a rebellion against our own government, that’s comically unrealistic.

            But, you’re free to go prance around and play “militia” out in the forest as much as you like. The real ones have it covered.

  2. Ironically, Czar V. Putin’s Russian Federation has very restrictive firearms laws, all the while working hard to push the NRA/GOP/MAGA assault on Americans. Let us honor our founding “fathers” by encouraging all citizens to harbor a single-shot musket, thereby preserving our republic.

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